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I suppose it depends on the nature of your business - if you're looking for e-mail leads for a mortgage service for example then it might be appropriate for users to land on a contact form straight away, with a quick summary of the services the company offers. If you're an e-commerce retailer where users want to browse products etc, then its probably more appropriate somewhere else.
I guess the questions I would ask are:
1) Is the e-mail form the goal of the website?
2) Does the user need more information about the company before contacting you?
If the answers are yes and no respectively, then a contact form on the home page would seem good. Otherwise I would recommend you use this space for providing other information or options.
Why would you not want contact information easily accessible?
A pet peeve of mine is not being able to locate a physical location of a ecommerce site. If I can't find it, I wonder why it's being hidden.